Sydney Spectacular – 6 Day Adventure

Sydney’s Art, Culture and History in One Fun Tour

This educational adventure captures all that is wild and wonderful in Sydney: sun-washed beaches, lofty bridges and towers, and the mysterious enclaves of the Rocks historic district. A knowledgeable guide teaches your students about the colonial history, flora, fauna and iconic sites of the city, while also organising all the behind-the-scenes details, leaving you free to enjoy your time with your students. A tour of the world-famous Sydney Opera House lets you appreciate the genius behind its architecture, and an optional live performance at The Sydney Theatre Company underscores  the  magic of this unforgettable city.

Highlights:

  • Tour behind-the-scenes at Sydney Theatre Company and enjoy a performance
  • Study the stars in Sydney Observatory’s planetarium and telescopes
  • Encounter baby elephants, Tasmanian devils and lowland gorillas at Taronga Zoo
  • Discover Sydney’s hidden Aboriginal culture with an educator at the country’s oldest museum
  • Explore the hidden coves and windswept cliffs of Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Learn about the Art Gallery of NSW’s Picassos and Van Goghs from an artist or art historian
  • Tour a TV studio to understand what goes into a broadcast
  • Stay in the historic Rocks district – close to all of the attractions

 

Benefits & Bonuses:

  • All accommodation, meals, guides and transport included
  • We make it easy for you – we plan everything!
  • Price Guarantee: price will not change once you sign up for your trip
  • Expert guides – not “bus drivers”
  • We cater to student special diets and swimming levels
  • Goodies! Water bottle, field guide, cloth shopping bag and rainforest plot adopted in your name
  • MAKE IT YOUR OWN – This trip is fully customisable.  Ask us for details!
Day 1: Arrival, Walking Tour, Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House

Day 1: Arrival, Walking Tour, Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House

Arrival: Welcome to Sydney! On arrival you are greeted by your local guide, a “Sydneysider” with an intimate knowledge of Sydney’s best-loved sites. She gives you an orientation and you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Central Accommodation: Your hostel is located right in ‘The Rocks’—the historic district where Sydney began. Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney, this hostel combines state-of-the-art facilities with a unique heritage experience of Sydney. All rooms have ensuites and a/c, and there are spacious communal areas, internet, on-site grocery store, coffee bar and large rooftop terrace with spectacular views directly to the Sydney Opera House.

Walking Tour: With your guide you learn about the cultural, historic and natural sites of Sydney as you follow in the steps of colonists and convicts. Tracing cobblestone paths and narrow laneways, you learn where scandals emerged and history happened.

Royal Botanic Gardens & Special Plants: The Royal Botanic Gardens occupy one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions, and are considered to be one of the great botanic gardens of the world. With your guide you learn of plants that were significant to Aboriginal people, such as plants that were good for making mats, fishing nets, sweet drinks and cold medicine. You can also discover the Herb Garden, The Fernery, a formal rose garden, Succulent Garden, the Oriental Garden and a section dedicated to rare and threatened plants of the world.

Sydney Opera House:  You finish your walking tour at the most recognizable building in the world – the Sydney Opera House! Your visit to Sydney will not be complete without a photo in front of this majestic building, and your guide takes you to the perfect lookout.

Accommodation: Sydney Rocks Budget Accommodation
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Barracks Museum, Art Gallery Class, Harbour Bridge Pylon Climb, and Observatory

Day 2: Barracks Museum, Art Gallery Class, Harbour Bridge Pylon Climb, and Observatory

Barracks Museum: Created for convicts by convicts, the Barracks Museum is a World Heritage site and a creative way to learn more about Sydney’s colonial history. Try on convicts’ clothes and leg irons, listen to the tales of unsavoury characters, and swing in one of the reconstructed dormitory hammocks as you learn about life among thieves, traitors and tricksters.

Art Gallery of NSW: Paintings and sculptures by the European greats like Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh decorate the halls of The Art Gallery of NSW, established in 1871, along with works from respected Australians like John Brack and Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae.

Art Workshop: Here you participate in a practical workshop that seeks to develop your students’ creativity and understanding of visual arts. An artist, educator or art historian (your choice), all of whom have a connection to the works, leads the workshop and engages you in lively dialogue whilst encouraging questions. You learn to interpret art, and you extend your discussion through drawing and observational sketching in front of the works. You may like to choose a theme for your students and focus on a particular collection within the gallery including Australian art, Aboriginal art, photography, contemporary art or Asian art or you could suggest a topic of your own.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout: Sydney Harbour Bridge is the city’s second most famous icon, and this afternoon you climb the 200 stairs to the Pylon summit. First you are taken through 3 levels of exhibits where you learn the history of the construction of the bridge and the men who designed and built it, finishing at a perch 87 metres above sea level with panoramic views across Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Observatory: This evening you don special 3-D glasses to watch a mind-blowing space film, and then in the planetarium you learn more about the universe: which dwarf galaxies you can see with the naked eye, what stars are closest to us, and how Aboriginal people made pictures using the negative space in the sky. Later with the giant telescope, you are also able to look closely at the twinkles of star clusters, red giants, nebulae where stars are being born, globular clusters, and distant galaxies. If viewing through the telescopes is not possible due to sky conditions, a fun beanbag planetarium session is provided instead.

Accommodation: Sydney Rocks Budget Accommodation
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: TV Studio Tour, Darling Harbour and Chinatown

Day 3: TV Studio Tour, Darling Harbour and Chinatown

TV Studio Tour: This morning you get a behind-the-scenes look at ABC tv station with real producers, production people and actors.  Best-loved Australian tv shows are filmed here! You visit one of the television production studios, an on-air radio studio, a news studio and the control room for a behind-the-scenes look at an Australian tv station.

Chinese Friendship Gardens and Chinatown:  From Darling Harbour your guide takes you on a stroll through Chinatown, teaching you about the Chinese contribution to Sydney’s culture. Blazing neon signs and savoury yum cha restaurants have replaced the smoky opium dens and gambling lairs of the past, and your time here is a discovery of the senses. At the Chinese Friendship Gardens you can cross the “zig zag” bridge to an ornate rock forest, sip tea in the traditional teahouse, or pose for photos by a waterfall in a classic costume of an emperor, princess or warrior (photo is extra cost).  

This area is also home to Paddy’s Markets–once a bustling fresh produce market, it is now the place to grab a bargain with clothes, music, jewelry and lots of souvenirs to take home.

Darling Harbour:  Sydney’s most exciting harbour! Here you are free to explore and you can choose to shop at the Harbourside Shopping Centre, see what’s fishy at the famous Sydney Aquarium*, encounter Aussie animals at Wildlife World*, be blown away by special effects at the Imax 3-D Cinema theatre* or meet celebrities like Angelina Jolie, cricketer Donald Bradman and Lady Gaga at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum*. Keep your eye out for street performers who are almost always in the area or one of the many festivals and events. (*entry costs apply)

Your dinner tonight is a traditional meal in Chinatown.

Accommodation: Sydney Rocks Budget Accommodation
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Taronga Zoo, Harbour Ferry Ride, Sydney Harbour NP and Cockatoo Island

Day 4: Taronga Zoo, Harbour Ferry Ride, Sydney Harbour NP and Cockatoo Island

Taronga Zoo: This morning with your guide you hop aboard a ferry to cross Sydney Harbour and then the Sky safari cable car will whisk you to the entrance of Australia’s largest zoo – Taronga. You walk freely among the emus and kangaroos, and learn more about Australian birds as they swoop down over your heads during the Free Flight Bird Show. Taronga is also home to over 2900 species from all over the world: rare Western Lowland Gorillas, Sumatran Tigers, Snow-leopards, Kodiak Bears, and Chimpanzees, with most the animals living in natural open enclosures. Meet the baby elephants and real Tasmanian devils, or get your photo with a koala! (extra cost)

Sydney Harbour National Park:  As you traverse the Harbour, your guide gives you insight about the famous sites and landmarks. You cruise over to Sydney Harbour National Park and soak in the million dollar cliff side views from The Gap, followed by an optional lunch at Doyle’s famous fish and chips!

Cockatoo Island:  Next your guide introduces you to the famed Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World-Heritage site in the middle of Sydney Harbour and a significant location for shipbuilding and convict history. As you explore the island’s geography and discover both the machines and physical evidence on display, you can put historical events in context and better understand the past.

Accommodation: Sydney Rocks Budget Accommodation
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Australian Museum & Aboriginal Culture, Sydney Theatre Tour and Performance

Day 5: Australian Museum & Aboriginal Culture, Sydney Theatre Tour and Performance

Australian Museum & Aboriginal Culture: This is the oldest museum in the country, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and anthropology.  Here you can wander the famous “Skeletons” exhibit, inspect specimens of large Australian wildlife as well as notorious Australian insects and spiders, roam the Dinosaurs room, and examine gemstones, rocks and minerals of Australia. In addition, Aboriginal culture comes to life when a museum educator introduces you to Aboriginal tools, boomerangs, canoes and other artifacts as well as a collection of oil paintings and water colours.

Sydney Theatre Company Tour: The heritage-listed Wharf building on iconic Sydney Harbour is home to the busy Sydney Theatre Company and features a mix of new plays by Australian playwrights, new international works, classic plays and new adaptations of classic plays.  You enjoy a guided behind-the-scenes tour of where it all happens:  set building, scenery painting, creation of costumes and props, and stage plays.

Optional Performance & Meet The Director, Cast and Crew (extra cost of $45 per student):   If you time your visit for one of these special performances, you can listen to the director of the play describe his/her ideas and work, watch the performance, and then afterwards have an enlightening Q & A session with the cast and crew.  This is a truly unique opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s greatest directors and actors!

Accommodation: Sydney Rocks Budget Accommodation
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Optional Urban Challenge or Luna Park and Departure

Day 6: Optional Urban Challenge or Luna Park and Departure

Optional Urban Challenge: If you have an afternoon flight, you can choose to spend the morning souvenir shopping, or participating in Small World Journeys’ Urban Challenge! (no extra cost)  The Urban Challenge is a fun team-building exercise that allows students to learn more about the history, art and culture of Sydney.  Small team groups compete against time in this treasure hunt-type activity in Sydney’s Rocks historic district.  This is a popular activity for students and the winning team gets a prize!

Luna Park:  Alternatively, you can travel across the harbour by ferry and arrive at  the iconic face that welcomes visitors to this historic fun park. You can ride the Tango Train or the Ferris Wheel while taking in amazing harbour views (extra cost)

Transfer and Depart: Later you are transferred to the Sydney airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Is this Sydney-focused program too long or too short? Contact us for custom tour options that match your budget and objectives!

 School Excursion Fees Include:

  • Sydney airport transfers
  • Small World Journeys guide on Days 1-5
  • All activities and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation to activities
  • 5 nights Sydney hostel (4 or 6 share single-gender rooms with private bathroom)*
  • All continental breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Pre-trip educational information
  • Small World Journeys reusable water bottle and cloth shopping bag
  • Carbon offsetting through Sustainable Travel International (STI) for a carbon-neutral trip

* Two private rooms (twin or triple) for teachers are included in the price of the trip. If additional rooms are required, a supplement of $510 AUD is incurred.  If teachers are happy to share a room, no additional costs are incurred.

School Excursion Fees Exclude:

  • Airfare
  • All lunches
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, etc.)

Options:

  • Darling Harbour optional activities (prices vary)
  • Performance at Sydney theatre Company, then meet the director, cast and crew after afterwards ($45 pp)
  • Traditional Chinese costume hire for photos at Chinese Gardens ($15 pp)
  • Luna Park rides (prices vary)

 

Land Cost to 31 March 2018:

  • 15+ participants: $1145 AUD
  • (Low numbers) 10-14 participants: $1258 AUD

Accommodation:

All accommodation is included. You stay at an immaculate hostel in the quaint historic district with rooftop views of the Sydney Opera House! Spacious rooms have their own ensuites, laundry facilities are available, and you can relax at the in-house cafe with WiFi access.

Meals:

All breakfasts and dinners are included. You are provided with all continental breakfasts and hearty dinners. A highlight is a special dinner of Chinese specialties in Chinatown! Ask us about vegetarian, kosher and halal options.

Small World Journeys reserves the right to change the order of activities for logistical reasons.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

HOW TO BOOK A TRIP WITH US (It’s easy!):

  1. Read our Terms and Conditions.
  2. Pay a $200 AUD deposit for the group (not per person – just a flat $200 to secure your booking) via our payment page or by direct deposit/cheque.
  3. Receive our Confirmation Pack which includes forms parents must sign.
  4. Have each student sign up via our Booking Form and pay for their trip by 60 days prior to the trip.
  5. Enjoy your trip!

Question 1: How do we arrange airfare?

Answer: We do not arrange airfare in house, however we do work closely with a couple of travel agents who would be happy to help: In Australia, we recommend Kim Salter, our Melbourne-based travel agent. Contact Kim at kims@travelmanagers.com.au or call + 61 0433 324 455 or toll free within Australia 1 300 640 821.   In the US, we recommend: Sandra Marron at Millennium Travel California. You can contact Sandra at milltrav@aol.com or call  1-415-898- 7974.

Question 2: What happens when we arrive at the airport?

Answer: You will be met by a Small World Journeys staff member who will give you an orientation and then accompany you to your accommodation.

Question 3: When is the best time to visit Sydney?

Answer: Sydney has a temperate climate. Summer is warm temperatures at 18-25 degrees celsius/64- 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are mild, with average temperatures at 8-16 degrees Celsius/46-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is spread throughout the year.

Question 4: What happens if a student cancels?

Answer: If an individual student cancels from a trip within 30 days of the trip departure, no refunds are given. For this reason, we strongly encourage all parents to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order to protect against unforeseen circumstances which are the main cause for student cancellations. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

Question 5: What is your safety record?

Answer: Our safety record is outstanding. Please ask us for teacher/supervisor references specifically regarding our safety measures and practices.  We do risk assessments for every excursion we run. We carry a first aid kit in our vehicles, as well as on the guide's person when in remote areas.  All guides are certified in first aid and CPR.  We give every student  a card with emergency numbers and safety information on it to carry, and we review safety measures as part of our orientation. Safety is absolutely our number one concern at all times. We do everything in our power to make sure each trip is as safe as it can possibly be.

Question 6: Do you do risk assessments?

Answer: Yes. We evaluate and re-evaluate the safety of each of our destinations and activities, and we always reserve the right to modify or cancel an itinerary if the guide feels that conditions are unsafe. We will gladly provide a risk management assessment specific to your trip on request. Small World Journeys' staff also adhere to a comprehensive Risk Management Strategy.

Question 7: Why should we purchase travel insurance?

Answer: We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for your protection. Should a participant need to cancel their trip for any reason, our cancellation policy applies. However, travel insurance protects any loss they may experience should s/he or an immediate family member become ill or sustain an injury that prevents them from going on the trip.

Question 8: What makes Small World Journeys "eco-friendly"?

Answer: An eco tour, in our opinion, is a trip in which everyone benefits: the community, the environment, you and us. Simply by joining one of our trips, you will be supporting carbon offsetting, Rainforest Rescue's Adopt-A-Square initiative, aboriginal cultural ventures and locally-owned businesses who are working towards a more sustainable future in tourism. As our guest, you are supporting us as well. Thank you! For more information, see 10 Reasons Why We're Eco.

Question 9: How does Small World Journeys incorporate our educational objectives?

Answer: We work directly with the teacher organiser or group leader to understand the goals of the trip. Then we suggest activities and learning opportunities to match these objectives. For example, a group may be interested in learning more about marine biology. In this case we will facilitate some fun classroom time dedicated to marine science in Cairns, then a couple of days at the Great Barrier Reef with our marine biologist guide. We can include such things as waterproof fish and coral ID cards for each student, and mini-lectures after snorkel time. A SCUBA certification course may also be appropriate. Alternatively, we might suggest a few days at an island research station, during which students have classroom and snorkel time, as well as a service project monitoring coral bleaching on the reef. Whether it is marine science, aboriginal culture, rainforest ecology or another topic, we will work with each group to ensure an educational yet fun experience for all.

Question 10: What kind of insurance do you have in place?

Answer: Small World Journeys has public liability insurance up to $20,000,000 and is required for us to maintain our commercial permits for the national parks.

Student Excursion to Sydney – Educational Outcomes:

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens: With a guide, students discover the Royal Botanic Gardens – one of the world’s most significant botanical gardens and the oldest scientific institution in Australia. Here students go beyond just identifying plants; they learn more about the importance of biodiversity, protection of rare and threatened species, and why the ‘dinosaur tree’ is one of the greatest botanical discoveries of our time.

For teachers who wish to incorporate specific lessons that are tied to the Australian National Curriculum, we recommend adding one of the following workshops with an RBG educator:

Evolution and Adaptation of Australian Plants: During this visit, students use fossils and plant materials to record observations about extinct and extant Australian native plants. With a guide students also observe the living relatives southern conifer forests of the middle to late Cretaceous period and the broad-leaved rainforests of the early Tertiary period. Students learn about the discovery and classification of the Wollemi pine and study the pollination adaptations of Australian native plants.

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Bush Foods: During this visit, students learn about the different types of traditional foods eaten by Aboriginal people and the different methods used to collect and process traditional bush foods. In addition, students learn about the traditional diet of Aboriginal people and to appreciate and value the wide variety of foods available in Australia and the contributions from a wide range of cultures. A highlight is tasting a selection of bush foods and assisting in the preparation of recipes that have been adapted to include native ingredients.

 

Sydney Hyde Park Barracks Museum:  A visit to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum brings to life the early days of Australia the colony, where orphans, female Irish immigrants and insalubrious criminals all waited for their new lives to begin. With plenty of hands-on exhibits, the museum takes students on a discovery of the artifacts, tools, stories and voices of the past. Students can swing in the hammocks of the re-created dormitory, see treasures that have been saved by rats (they pulled them under the boards for their nests!) and hear the tales of life in the barracks. There is even a database in which students can search for convict ancestors.

For teachers who wish to incorporate specific lessons that are tied to the Australian National Curriculum, we recommend adding the following workshop with a Sydney Barracks Museum educator:

Prosper or Perish: This program at the Hyde Park Barracks will contextualise the Industrial Revolution as a cause for the movement of people to Australia between 1820-1850. Students will analyse a wide range of source material relating to the experiences of convicts and female immigrants during the 19th century, identify different perspectives and empathise with the actions and values of people in this historical period. Students will also work as historians, using maps, paintings, newspapers and personal diaries to discover how Sydney changed between 1820-1850, and take part in an investigation that combines archaeological artifacts with archival records.

 

Art Gallery of NSW Guided Tour:

Tour with an Artist: During this visit, students connect with artists and artworks on display through the eyes of a professional artist. Students learn about where artists begin, their art practice and inspirations, finding a dealer, selling work and how they become part of private and public collections.

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Tour with an Educator: During this visit, students are shown the gallery by a teacher-educator with at least two years of classroom experience. This is the perfect choice for organizers who wish to connect their classroom learning to the gallery’s current collection.

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Tour with an Art Historian: During this visit, students follow an art historian and discover the stories behind the works, the society in which they were made and how they came into the collection.

 

Sydney Observatory: perched on a hill in the centre of the city, holds historical significance as a place of star study, and is now a dedicated public observatory and museum. Intriguing meteorological instruments, massive telescopes including a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope, and a fun 3-D space theatre make this a fascinating discovery of the sky for students of all ages. Inside the Observatory’s digital planetarium, students are oriented to the southern sky and constellations, where an astronomer also teaches about quirks of our galaxy and nearby stars. A research-grade computerised telescope permits students to follow the evolutionary path of stars by searching for star-forming nebulae, main sequence stars including binaries, post main sequence red giants, planetary nebulae and white dwarfs (weather permitting).

For teachers who wish to incorporate specific lessons that are tied to the Australian National Curriculum, we recommend a visit focused on your particular area of interest:

Physics, space, cosmic engine and astrophysics students have much to gain with a visit to the Observatory. Open and globular cluster viewing is perfect for HR Diagram discussion. HSC physics worksheets are available on request and lunar photography opportunities for smart phone users.

 

The Australian Museum: The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in the country, and it holds a highly respected collection of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as mineralogy, paleontology, and anthropology. In the museum, students also hear from Aboriginal people about canoe making in NSW, explore creation stories and whale ceremonies from the NSW South Coast and see ceremonial costumes and dance masks from the Torres Strait which accompany stories about spirituality and culture. There are a host of specialized tours that can be tailored to your educational objectives.

 

Chinatown and Friendship Gardens: With a guide students tour the Chinese Gardens and the Chinatown precinct, in the process learning of the significance of Sydney’s Chinese population and culture. As one of the country’s minority majorities, the Chinese community in Australia has played a major role in shaping the country’s immigration policies. As a symbol of friendship between Sydney and Guangzhou, the walled Chinese Gardens boast an oasis of waterfalls, hidden pathways, pagodas, koi ponds, exotic plants and bizarrely shaped rock formations. Here students wander the wild gardens whilst appreciating the Taoist principles of “yin-yang” and qi that were carefully taken into account by meticulous landscape architects.

Sydney Theatre Company and Performance: Students gain insight into professional theatre–both behind the scenes and on the stage—with a visit to the Sydney Theatre Company. At the famed Wharf 4, Australian stars such as Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett cultivated their careers. This is also where students witness how sets are constructed, costumes are created and lighting is delicately balanced to deliver illusion and entertainment.

For teachers who wish to incorporate specific lessons that are tied to the Australian National Curriculum, we recommend adding the following workshop with the director, cast and crew:

Meet The Director, Cast and Crew: If you time your visit for one of the special performances (held about once a month), students can add depth to their theatre experience. They experience the power of a live theatre performance at either one of the Wharf Theatres or The Sydney Opera House. This is dramatic art at the highest calibre, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students. Both drama students and English students can explore themes of loyalty and betrayal, existentialism and love versus lust in such plays as Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Geoffrey Rush to Samuel Beckett’s Endgame starring Hugo Weaving to Chekov’s The Present starring Cate Blanchett.  Meeting the director, cast and crew presents a chance for students to more closely examine and question performance styles, symbolism and direction.

Sydney Urban Challenge: This activity is designed to teach students more about Sydney’s colonial and Aboriginal history whilst encouraging them to work as a team. Taking place entirely in the historic Rocks district, this urban challenge leads students through backstreets and alleyways, among statues and artefacts, discovering clues about Sydney’s past up through the 20th century.

 

How your trip supports the community

We acknowledge  Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islander People as the first inhabitants of Australia and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where we work and our groups travel. Your trip includes learning about local Aboriginal people, the traditional owners of the land on which you are traveling.  Additionally, we are proud to say that in the financial year of 2015-16, Small World Journeys gave over $28,000 in business to Aboriginal-owned ventures.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES: We use locally owned accommodation, restaurants, and suppliers whenever possible to keep income in the community. This includes supporting farmers by purchasing locally-grown fruits and vegetables for you on your trip. We also give you a list of where to buy locally-made crafts and souvenirs so you can continue this support as well.

SUPPORTING LOCAL CHARITIES: For more information on how we donate to Harald’s House for homeless and disadvantaged youth as well as donate to environmental groups, see Philanthropy and Partnerships.

How your trip is “Eco-friendly”

CARBON OFFSETTING: We calculate the total carbon footprint of your trip. Then we pay Sustainable Travel International (STI) to offset your emissions by investing in environmental and community-based projects. For more information about our carbon offsetting, see 10 Reasons Why We’re Eco.

REDUCING WASTE: We give you your own water bottle and cloth shopping bag to eliminate the need for disposable bottles and plastic bags. By reducing our need for plastic bags and bottles, we avoid having these things go into landfills or into the tummies of our native animals. For more information on how we donate to environmental groups, see Philanthropy and Partnerships.

 

How your trip is safety-oriented

REFERENCES:  We have had hundreds of students travel with us, and our safety record is excellent.  Ask us for teacher references specifically regarding safety.

VEHICLES: All of our vehicles are equipped with seatbelts for every seat. While this is not a  law, we feel your safety is a priority.  Our guides do safety checks at the start of each day of the trip. In addition, vehicles go through a Department of Transport safety inspection every six months.

RISK ASSESSMENT: We have a complete Crisis Management Plan, we assess risks of the tour and are happy to complete a risk assessment for you upon request. In addition, students are given a safety briefing during orientation, along with a card with emergency numbers, accommodation addresses and phone numbers.

GUIDES AND SAFETY: Small World Journeys’ guides hold current Senior First Aid and CPR certificates, along with government-issued Driver’s Authority and Working With Children cards. For more information on our guides, see The Small World Journeys Team.